RAY Clean Energy Fellow/Grants Program Manager

POSITION TITLE: RAY Clean Energy Diversity Fellow / Grants Program Manager       

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM: Grassroots Fund Grants Program                        

REPORTS TO: Bart Westdijk, Co-Director                

STATUS: Regular, Full-Time                             

LOCATION: Remote, New England-based                                    


Inspired by efforts to increase racial diversity in conservation and clean energy, the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship Program aims to increase and facilitate environmentally-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color. The RAY Fellowship Program is a paid fellowship designed to equip recent college graduates with the tools, experiences, support, and community they need to become leaders in the conservation and clean energy sectors—one that, in our visions of the future, fully represents, includes, and is led by the diverse communities, perspectives, and experiences of the United States.


The New England Grassroots Environment Fund (Grassroots Fund) is a 501(c)(3) Environmental Justice funder with a mission to energize and nurture long term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe and environmentally sustainable communities.

Our program work:

  • Fosters innovation by directly providing grants to frontline Environmental Justice and just transition organizers and engaging in conversation around our Guiding Practices towards transformative work;
  • Amplifies voices through our participatory modeling focused on Shifting Power in Decision-making;
  • Convenes changemakers through a series of virtual and in-person gatherings (on-hold through COVID and re-considered as part of strategic process in 2022);
  • Reimagines philanthropy through our shared decision-making ethos, including participatory grantmaking and by working to disrupt white supremacy culture across programs

The Grassroots Fund co-creates healthy and sustainable communities throughout New England by providing individuals and groups—particularly those who have been traditionally marginalized—with access to the tools, resources and connections they need to achieve environmental and social justice. Our Guiding Practices are fundamental to our mission, functions and programs.


The Grassroots Fund seeks a dynamic and collaborative individual who has an established record or interest in Environmental Justice and just transition work in marginalized communities. This position adds capacity to further establish and build a pilot grant program as well as provide capacity to support the growth of existing grant programs and reporting processes. The Program Manager works with a team of three program managers and reports to the co-directors.


  • Manage the shared gifting grant programs, currently the Food System Resilience Fund and the Community-Led Climate Resilience in Boston cohorts. Both cohorts are piloting a shared gifting and learning cohort model.  Tasks include providing meeting organizing support, agenda creation support, evaluation of programmatic goals, and content development that is responsive to needs and requests raised by cohort members. This work is supervised by Co-Directors.
  • Provide support for the Grow and Young Leader grant programs. Both grant programs follow a participatory process that engages community readers and grantmaking committee members. Tasks include assisting with backend website management, grant review support and logistical support for volunteer decision-making committee member participation. This work is supervised by Grow and Young Leader program managers.
  • Assist with data evaluation and reporting. This work is supervised by Co-Directors and will include specific data research projects that help deepen the understanding of grant impacts and the participatory process.


In addition to the responsibilities at the host institution outlined above, RAY Fellows will spend, on average, 2-4 hours per week (5-10% of work time) on the following:

  • Actively communicating and building community with their RAY Fellow cohort and previous RAY Fellows.
  • Attending monthly check-ins calls (including 1-on-1 check-ins with RAY program staff and group calls with their RAY Fellow cohort).
  • Meeting regularly with mentors both inside and outside the host institution.
  • Attending monthly professional development webinars, trainings, and other opportunities to build knowledge and skills.
  • Developing a Personal Leadership Plan (PLP) in their 2nd year with the support of supervisor(s), mentors, RAY program staff, and their RAY Fellow cohort. The PLP will serve as a tool for self-reflection, planning, and assessing progress towards professional, personal, and leadership goals.
  • Preparing and leading an hour-long end-of-fellowship webinar highlighting their Fellowship experience.

RAY Fellows will also attend:

  • A 3-day Orientation Retreat in November 2022.
  • A 3-day Mid-Fellowship Leadership Retreat in September 2023.


Eligible RAY Fellow applicants will:

  • Come from a racial/ethnic background underrepresented in conservation and clean energy and demonstrate a commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Be no more than 1 year out of college and have a Bachelor's Degree by September 2022 (we are not considering individuals with graduate degrees at this time).
  • Have not had a full-time job in conservation or clean energy.
  • Have the ability to work in the United States and commit to the entire fellowship.


  • A college degree by the time of employment
  • An interest in the field of conservation/clean energy
  • Demonstrated intellect and leadership.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • An eagerness to learn.

The Grassroots Fund looks for candidates with lived experience in Environmental Justice and social change advocacy and organizing, particularly in under-resourced and marginalized communities. Experience in participatory grant making processes and strategies to disrupt white supremacy culture is desirable.

We are looking for applicants with a highly collaborative style. Candidates should demonstrate ability to assess and interpret information to make strategic decisions and utilize narratives, stories and data from grassroots work for maximum impact to the region’s Environmental Justice movement. Candidates should be comfortable with (and ideally demonstrate experience with) facilitating participatory processes. We are looking for someone who demonstrates excellent verbal and written communications skills.

As the Grassroots Fund is a small non-profit, we seek someone who can work well independently and manage multiple projects and priorities. Candidates should have a high level of comfort working in online word processors, cloud storage, project/team management software, and video conferencing software. Our team uses Google Docs, Google Drive, Asana, and Zoom respectively.

Candidates should have passion for and commitment to environmental, social and economic justice and believe in the power and impact of grassroots action leading to a just transition. We are looking for a proven ability to work productively and respectfully across diverse communities and populations. A candidate needs to have the ability to travel regularly within New England (when safe to resume) - and occasionally beyond – and participate in occasional evening and weekend obligations. We are looking for someone with flexibility, a sense of humor and creative solution-seeking skills.


This is a two-year, full-time fellowship (one year with a one year renewal) starting on or after September 12, 2022.


The Fellowship is compensated and sponsored by New England Grassroots Environment Fund, who offers a competitive benefits package as well as training and professional development opportunities. The Grants Program Manager is a full-time position of 40 hours a week with benefits and competitive compensation range of $51,000-$54,000, depending on experience and education.  Benefits associated with your full-time position will include the availability of 15 days paid personal leave/vacation, 11 paid holidays (8 set and 3 floaters) and 12 sick days a year. You will also be eligible (after respective waiting periods) to participate in the following benefits: Medical & Dental Insurance (employer pays 80% of cost/employee 20%), Short and Long-Term Disability, and a 403b retirement plan subject to the terms of each plan. The New England Grassroots Environment Fund is a nonprofit organization and an equal opportunity, at-will employer.


To apply for the RAY Fellowship Program, applicants must:

  • Complete the online application survey on the RAY Fellowship Program website: https://rayfellowship.org/apply
  • Follow the instructions on the linked application webpage to submit a resume or curriculum vitae, one essay response, one visioning response, one short answer response, and a letter of support.
  • Applications must be submitted to the RAY Fellowship Program no later than June 26, 2022. Transcripts and additional writing samples are not required. If you have questions please see our FAQ page, attend an informational webinar or watch a recording, and any further questions about the application process can be submitted to the RAY Program Manager, Charlie Espedido, via email at charlie@elpnet.org.

New England Grassroots Environment Fund is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. New England Grassroots Environment Fund is continually seeking to diversify its staff, particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.